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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Match Summary

NZ vs SL, 2018 - Test Summary

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Scorecard
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Match Ended   
282&287/3 (115.0)
New Zealand drew with Sri Lanka
  • Player of the Match
    Tom Latham
SL 282/10
Bat Top Batsmen
83 (153)
  • 9x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 54.24SR
80 (101)
  • 11x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 79.20SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.51
27
OVERS
68/6
R/W
Bowler
ECON 3.75
20
OVERS
75/2
R/W
NZ 578/10
Bat Top Batsmen
264 (489)
  • 21x4s
  • 1x6s
  • 53.98SR
91 (93)
  • 10x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 97.84SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 4.03
31.3
OVERS
127/4
R/W
15
OVERS
54/2
R/W
SL 287/3
Bat Top Batsmen
141 (335)
  • 16x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 42.08SR
120 (323)
  • 11x4s
  • 0x6s
  • 37.15SR
Bowl Top Bowlers
Bowler
ECON 2.08
25
OVERS
52/2
R/W
Bowler
ECON 2.48
25
OVERS
62/1
R/W
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So that is it from this game! Sri Lanka will take a lot of confidence heading into the second Test after this result. New Zealand on the other hand, will know they need to get their best game if they are to seal the series in Christchurch on the 26th of December at 1100 local (2200 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says he knew the forecast was not too good and he would have loved to pick a few wickets yesterday itself. Credits the way Lanka played. States they expected a little more pace and bounce from the wicket but it was very flat. Mentions the guys were a little tired after the UAE tour but did well to recover for Day 1 of this Test. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the second Test.
Sri Lankan captain, Dinesh Chandimal, says he is really pleased at the moment. Further adds his players have shown great character and determination. Credits Mathews and Mendis for the way they played. Reckons the wicket eased out as the game progressed. Ends by saying they still have a lot to learn and are looking forward to the next game.
Man of the Match, Tom Latham, says it will be nice that they will have a couple of days off. Further adds it is good he has a day off on Christmas. Ends by saying he is looking forward to the second Test.
Sri Lanka, in their second innings, ended Day 3 at 20-3. An innings defeat seemed certain but a determined Angelo Mathews and a flamboyant innings from Kusal Mendis saw the Lankans bat out Day 4 without losing a wicket. Yes, the Kiwi bowlers were not at their best but take nothing away from the effort by the two. The two added an unbeaten 274-run stand and with some fortune (rain) have managed to save this game.
New Zealand then batted almost the whole of two days and took a massive lead of 286, courtesy Tom Latham. He remained unbeaten scoring a brilliant 264. He was well supported by Williamson who was dismissed in the 90s and also Taylor and Nicholls who notched up half centuries.
New Zealand on the other hand, will be disappointed they have not taken the lead here. They were in control of the game right from Day 1. First they restricted the Lankans under 300 on a flat wicket. Southee was the tormentor-in-chief as he picked a 6-fer. For the visitors Karunaratne, Mathews and Dickwella were the star performers with the bat.
The inevitable has happened. The match has been CALLED OFF, which means it ends in a draw. Who would have thought Sri Lanka would be heading into the second Test all level at the end of Day 3. We certainly did not and if you did, you should surely buy yourself a lottery ticket.
1511 local time - Update - We have nothing to update as the rain continues to fall and the most likeliest result seems to be a draw.
We were supposed to get underway by now. The rain has continued to fall after the Lunch break. The covers are firmly placed and we are in for another delay.
... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...
SO LUNCH has been taken a few minutes early than the scheduled time. Another wicket-less session for the Lankans, 4th in a row. However, they only had to face 13 overs in this one. Both Mathews and Mendis continued from where they left off yesterday. The trail is now in single digits and the game is more or less heading towards a draw. Wickets is the call of the hour for New Zealand and if play resumes after Lunch, that is exactly what they will be looking for.
It has started to drizzle again. The umpires get together and have decided to call the covers on.
114.6
0
Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
Floated on off, Mendis drives it to covers.
114.5
0
Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
Tossed up on middle, Kusal defends off the back foot.
114.4
0
Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
Floated delivery on middle, Kusal defends off the back foot.
114.3
0
Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
Flighted delivery on middle, Kusal defends off the front foot.
114.2
0
Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
Tossed up on off, Mendis blocks it well.
114.1
0
Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
Short on off, Mathews plays it to mid off.
Over 114 : 287/3
0 Runs
    A. Mathews
    120 (323)
    K. Mendis
    141 (329)
    N. Wagner
    23-3-100-0
    113.6
    0
    Neil Wagner To Angelo Mathews
    Driven straight to the fielder at mid on.
    113.5
    0
    Neil Wagner To Angelo Mathews
    Length delivery on off, Mathewss rocks onto his back foot and blocks it.
    113.4
    0
    Neil Wagner To Angelo Mathews
    Length delivery outside off and Mathews calmly leaves it.
    113.3
    0
    Neil Wagner To Angelo Mathews
    On the pads, AM flicks it towards the fielder at square leg.
    113.2
    0
    Neil Wagner To Angelo Mathews
    Pulls back the length this time but Mathews is up for the task and defends it off the back foot.
    113.1
    0
    Neil Wagner To Angelo Mathews
    Fuller delivery on off, Angelo pushes it straight to the fielder at mid on.
    Over 113 : 287/3
    0 Runs
      K. Mendis
      141 (329)
      A. Mathews
      120 (317)
      A. Patel
      27-8-46-0
      112.6
      0
      Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
      Kusal shows the full face off the bat and defends that one.
      112.5
      0
      Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
      Tossed up on middle and leg. Mendis blocks it off his front foot.
      112.4
      0
      Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
      Defended by Mendis by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
      112.3
      0
      Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
      Loopy delivery by Ajaz and Mathews has hit it straight back at the bowler. It's starting to get really cloudy here in Wellington once again.
      112.2
      0
      Ajaz Patel To Kusal Mendis
      Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis pushes it straight back to the bowler.
      Match Info
      • Venue Basin Reserve, Wellington
      • Weather Rainy
      • Toss New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
      • Result New Zealand drew with Sri Lanka
      • Player of the Match Tom Latham
      • Umpire Michael Gough (ENG), Rod Tucker (AUS) and Aleem Dar (PAK)
      • Referee Sir Richie Richardson (WI)
      Match Notes
      • Referral 1 (80.5 ovs): NZ against K Rajitha (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 2, SL: 2) (Retained)
      • N Dickwella 10th Test Fifty: 50 runs in 59 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • Sri Lanka 250/8 in 77.0 overs
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 231/7 in 72.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 203/4 in 63.5 overs
      • Tim Southee 8th Test 5-wicket haul: 5/50 (19.3)
      • Tea: Sri Lanka 167/4 in 56.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 151/4 in 48.2 overs
      • A Mathews 33rd Test Fifty: 50 runs in 104 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 200 balls between D Karunaratne (55) and A Mathews (41)
      • Sri Lanka 101/3 in 35.4 overs
      • D Karunaratne 21st Test Fifty: 50 runs in 101 balls (7x4) (0x6)
      • Lunch: Sri Lanka 73/3 in 27.0 overs
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 100 balls between D Karunaratne (29) and A Mathews (18)
      • Sri Lanka 51/3 in 18.4 overs
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 32/3 in 14.0 overs
      • R Taylor 30th Test fifty: 50 runs in 83 balls (5x4) (0x6)
      • New Zealand 302/2 in 81.3 overs
      • 3rd wkt Partnership: 50 off 78 balls between T Latham (18) and R Taylor (32)
      • R Taylor dropped on 23 by K Mendis in 68.1 overs
      • Drinks: New Zealand 252/2 in 66.0 overs
      • New Zealand 252/2 in 66.0 overs
      • 2nd wkt Partnership: 151 off 201 balls between T Latham (61) and K Williamson (86)
      • New Zealand 200/1 in 55.1 overs
      • Tea: New Zealand 175/1 in 48.0 overs
      • 2nd wkt Partnership: 100 off 129 balls between T Latham (39) and K Williamson (59)
      • K Williamson 29th Test Fifty: 50 runs in 45 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • T Latham 16th Test Fifty: 50 runs in 123 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • Drinks: New Zealand 112/1 in 36.0 overs
      • 2nd wkt Partnership: 50 off 73 balls between T Latham (23) and K Williamson (27)
      • Referral 1 (25.5 ovs): SL against T Latham (LBW) Unsuccessful (NZ: 2, SL: 1)
      • Lunch: New Zealand 59/1 in 23.0 overs
      • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 126 balls between J Raval (35) and T Latham (14)
      • New Zealand 50/0 in 21.0 overs
      • Drinks: New Zealand 24/0 in 11.0 overs
      • Innings Break: Sri Lanka 282/10 in 90.0 overs
      • Stumps: Sri Lanka 20/3 in 12.0 overs
      • Innings Break: New Zealand 578/10 in 157.3 overs
      • Referral 2 (153.6 ovs): SL against A Patel (Caught) Unsuccessful (NZ: 2, SL: 0)
      • Tea: New Zealand 509/6 in 142.0 overs
      • New Zealand 503/6 in 139.3 overs
      • 6th wkt Partnership: 51 off 63 balls between T Latham (14) and de Grandhomme (37)
      • T Latham: 200 runs in 412 balls (16x4) (0x6)
      • New Zealand 450/5 in 129.1 overs
      • Drinks: New Zealand 442/5 in 128.0 overs
      • T Latham 8th Test fifty: 50 runs in 88 balls (6x4) (0x6)
      • Lunch: New Zealand 403/3 in 114.0 overs
      • New Zealand 400/3 in 112.0 overs
      • T Latham: 151 runs in 310 balls (14x4) (0x6)
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 85 balls between T Latham (27) and H Nicholls (21)
      • Drinks: New Zealand 359/3 in 98.0 overs
      • New Zealand 353/3 in 96.3 overs
      • Sri Lanka 251/3 in 96.3 overs
      • A Mathews 9th Test hundred: 103 runs in 248 balls (11x4) (0x6)
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 232/2 in 87.0 overs
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 200 off 424 balls between K Mendis (106) and A Mathews (82)
      • K Mendis 6th Test hundred: 103 runs in 215 balls (12x4) (0x6)
      • Sri Lanka 203/3 in 73.3 overs
      • Tea: Sri Lanka 197/3 in 71.0 overs
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 150 off 320 balls between K Mendis (83) and A Mathews (56)
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 154/3 in 56.0 overs
      • Sri Lanka 150/3 in 53.5 overs
      • Lunch: Sri Lanka 122/3 in 40.0 overs
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 178 balls between K Mendis (63) and A Mathews (28)
      • Sri Lanka 101/3 in 33.4 overs
      • K Mendis Test fifty: 50 runs in 89 balls (5x4) (0x6)
      • Drinks: Sri Lanka 75/3 in 26.0 overs
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 51 off 97 balls between K Mendis (42) and A Mathews (9)
      • Sri Lanka 50/3 in 20.3 overs
      • Rain Stoppage: Sri Lanka 287/3 in 115.0 overs
      • Lunch: Sri Lanka 287/3 in 115.0 overs
      • Stumps: Sri Lanka 287/3 in 115.0 overs
      • 4th wkt Partnership: 250 off 603 balls between K Mendis (118) and A Mathews (119)
      • Rain Stoppage: Sri Lanka 259/3 in 102.0 overs
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